Wipe definition

wīp
To apply by wiping.

Wipe oil over the surface.

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To remove by or as if by rubbing.

Wipe off dirt; wipe away grease.

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To subject to light rubbing or friction, as with a cloth or paper, in order to clean or dry.
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To clean or dry by rubbing.

Wiped my feet before I went inside.

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To rub, move, or pass (a cloth, for example) over a surface.
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To blot out completely, as from the memory.
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To spread or apply by or as if by wiping.

Wiped furniture polish over the table.

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To form (a joint) in plumbing by spreading solder with a piece of cloth or leather.
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The act or an instance of wiping.
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Something, such as a towel or tissue, used for wiping.
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A cam that activates another part; a wiper.
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A transition from one scene in a film or movie to another, effected by means of a line passing across the screen.
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A blow or swipe.
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(informal) A jeer; a gibe.
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To rub or pass (a cloth, the hand, etc.) over something.
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To remove by or as by wiping.
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To rub or pass over with a cloth, mop, etc., as for cleaning or drying.
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To clean or dry in this manner.

Wipe the dishes.

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An act or instance of wiping.
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Something used for wiping; specif., a disposable tissue or towel, typically of pre-moistened paper or cloth and variously designed for cleansing the skin, cleaning eyeglasses, etc.
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(film, tv) A transitional editing effect in which one scene appears to replace another as by gradually moving it across the frame.
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A blow; swipe.
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A gibe; jeer.
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(1) To completely erase data from memory (RAM) or a storage device (hard disk, SSD). See file wipe.
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To move an object over, maintaining contact, with the intention of removing some substance from the surface. (cf. rub)

Melissa wiped her glasses with her shirt.

I wiped the sweat from my brow with the back of my hand.

Tom started to wipe his eyes.

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To remove by rubbing; to rub off; to obliterate; usually followed by away, off, or out.
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(computing) To erase.

I accidentally wiped my hard drive.

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The act of wiping something.

Multiple wipes of a computer's hard disk.

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A soft piece of cloth or cloth-like material used for wiping.
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A kind of film transition where one shot replaces another by travelling from one side of the frame to another or with a special shape.
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The lapwing.
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wipe out
  • to remove; erase
  • to kill off
  • to destroy or demolish
  • to make emotionally or physically drained or exhausted
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
wipe
Plural:
wipes

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of wipe

  • Middle English wipen from Old English wīpian weip- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English wipen, from Old English wÄ«pian (“to wipe, rub, cleanse"), from Proto-Germanic *wÄ«pōnÄ… (“to wipe"), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)weib-, *(s)weip- (“to twist, wind around"). Cognate with German wippen (“to bob"), Swedish veva (“to turn, wind, crank"), Gothic 𐍅𐌴𐌹𐍀𐌰𐌽 (weipan, “to wreathe, crown"), Old English swÄ«fan (“to revolve, sweep, wend, intervene"). More at swivel, swift.

    From Wiktionary

  • Compare Swedish vipa, Danish vibe (“lapwing").

    From Wiktionary